Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Climate Camp Is Now in Town: Come and Join Us

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Climate Camp Is Now in Town: Come and Join Us

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Byline: Tamsin Omond

THIS morning, as well as rooting around in my camping cupboard, hanging up the tent that never dried out post-Glastonbury and locating my vegan tanning lotion, I had a close eye on my phone. Along with other activists gathered at six starting points across London. I was waiting for a text message summoning me to this year's Climate Camp, whose location has been kept secret until today.

Since the camp began three years ago the climate debate has moved on fast. From endless arguments about whether climate change is really happening, we all now accept the facts; the issue is how each of us can make a difference.

First we need more people talking about the problem; next, more people demanding government action. We've heard the call from all sorts of surprising places -- Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, says: "When you think about the big historic movements, from the suffragettes to anti-apartheid ... all the big political movements had popular mobilisation." So here you are Ed: Climate Camp has come to town and with it, popular mobilisation.

This year there is no one target or day of action -- the City of London will not be shut down, Heathrow Airport will not be encircled and Kingsnorth coal power station need not turn off its fires. Instead, Climate Camp will be a place of education in the heart of a nation that desperately needs educating about climate change. It will be small light of inspiration in a city that needs to be lifted out of unemployment and given something new to do. Environmentalists and activists from across UK and the world will come to talk and share their skills through workshops and informal discussion. Thousands of people will learn how to make power off-grid, grow their own veg, mend their clothes and make their protest count through direct action. …

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